Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - (Unidentified)

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 65418)
Origin Location Northern India
Date Range 1100 - 1199
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal, Painted Face/Hair, Stone Inset: Turquoise
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Avalokiteshvara or Maitreya.

Peaceful in appearance with one face and two hands, he sits in the vajra posture with the legs crossed. The right hand is held upraised in an open hand gesture. The left hands presses against the the lotus seat (missing) while holding the stem of a lotus flower blossoming above the left shoulder. A krishnasara deer skin hangs across the left shoulder, a unique attribute for both the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Maitreya.

See the standing Avalokiteshvara in the Nyingjei Lam Collection for a comparable sculpture.

Jeff Watt 7-2007

Secondary Images
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Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Sculpture (Gallery 1)
Sculpture: Lokeshvara Atelier
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Nepal
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara Iconography
Sculpture: Figurative, Stone Inlay
Collection of RMA: Selected Sculpture
Region: India, Pala Period (Metal Sculpture)
Sculpture: Figurative Art Topics
Sculpture: Physical Characteristics
Sculpture: Gilding & Cold Gold
Buddhist Deity: Avalokiteshvara (Seated, Holding a Lotus)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Avalokita (Sculpture)